October 23, 2016

Beginner camp

May 30-June 3 – compact camp / June 17-23, 2019 – full camp

Registration opens for our e-newsletter followers October 24, 2018 – registration opens to the public November 1, 2018.

These camps are for you if you are a beginner runner, or someone that is returning to running after a prolonged break. The focus is on giving your running a jump start, and to teach you all the key factors that will help you grow and develop your running base, and to keep you healthy and active for many years to come.

We recommend that by the time camp starts you should already be able to run a 5K distance at 12-15 min/mile pace or faster at your home elevation. If you haven’t run a 5K before, or maybe not for some time, then we can set you up with a program that will enable you to be ready for camp in May or June. Make sure to let us know your current status and we can work with you from there.

Each day will start with a run, and includes a variety of cross training activities like hiking, pool running, and rock climbing. Every run and activity is guided by an expert and certified guide or coach.

Have you ever seen yourself run? Most runners haven’t! We will video your running at the beginning of the camp and then review each video and give feedback on tips that can help improve running efficiency. We then focus on those highlighted key factors of your form during the camp runs, so that you have an opportunity to improve your running technique. We then take another video at camp end for review and comparison with the initial video. This gives each camper a wonderful opportunity to see in real time how the changes suggested have had a positive impact on each runner’s form.

We will also cover effective sustainable training plans, sharing the guiding principles of Lydiard Training, including how to build your own training plan towards a goal race.

Workshops during the camp will cover subjects like positive running, nutrition, training plans, mental focus, guided imagery, and more. Each camper will leave camp with a clear goal and action plan to enable that goal to be achieved.

The camp takes place in the gorgeous mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, with runs between 7,500 feet and 9,000 feet surrounded by the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

How you benefit

•  learn about how to increase your running economy and efficiency from a video review of your running form

•  understand how posture impacts your running experience

•  learn about sustainable training and how to include this in your life

•  enjoy great food and camaraderie

•  learn about the positive running movement® and mental training for performance, experience and life

•  learn what blocks you create to being the best version of you and how to unlock them

•  run against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains in clean clear air

•  learn how to achieve relaxation and flow in your running

•  leave with a clear action plan and output and input goals to achieve your plan

This camp is for you if you are a woman runner that can already run a 10K distance at 12-15 min/mile or faster at home elevation. If you haven’t run a 10K before, or maybe not for some time, then we can set you up with a program that will enable you to be ready for camp in May or June. Make sure to let us know your current status and we can work with you from there.

Accommodation type - May 31 campRateNumber available
Single room & private bath$13001
Single room & shared bath$11803
Double room & shared bath$10502
Bunk room and shared bath $9003
Accommodation type - June 17 camp RateNumber available
Single room & private bath$18501
Single room & shared bath$17003
Double room & shared bath$15002
Bunk room and shared bath $13003

Click on the register button on the page below. This takes you to the registration page for this camp – complete your personal details along with credit or debit card details. Initial payment at time of registration is 50% of camp cost. The balance is due on or before April 1, 2019 for the compact camp, and on or before May 1, 2019 for the full camp. You will receive a reminder for the balance payment and be able to pay online.

Each camp includes accommodation (2 women per room sharing in a double room – 4 in bunk room – single room and shared room options available), coaching, video review of running form, all meals, water and juices, all sessions, group transport, journals, towels, bedding and a women’s cut tech tee shirt.

Camps start at 4.00 pm the first day, and finish at 12.00 pm on the last day. Here is a typical day’s schedule:

  • Snack
  • Run in RMNP
  • Breakfast
  • Workshop – Goal setting / action plans
  • Rest & relaxation
  • Lunch
  • Hike
  • Workshop – Nutrition
  • Rest & relaxation
  • Dinner
  • Inspirational movie

The nearest airport is Denver International (DIA) – the airport is a 1.5 hour drive away from Estes Park. We provide transport during the camp, so you don’t need to bring your own. We recommend a local shuttle service that can pick you up at DIA, and drop you at the camp door here in Estes Park. They will also make the same run in reverse at camp end. To arrive in time for camp start, use the 1.00 pm shuttle from DIA. For return to DIA, use the 1.00 pm shuttle again. The round trip charge is $85 per person. See more details and to book at Estes Park Shuttle.

Food will be primarily vegetarian – special diets can be catered for. We have successfully catered for vegans, runners with gluten intolerance, and various dietary allergies.

Camp Director and Head Coach is Terry Chiplin. He is an endurance and life coach, and owner of Active at Altitude. Terry has over 20 years experience working and inspiring athletes of all abilities, from Olympic marathoner to a runner completing their first 5K! Terry is a certified Lydiard Level II coach – Athur Lydiard was the most successful running coach in history, and his sustainable training principles live on today – see more about the Lydiard Foundation here.  He has also been a coach for Revolution Running based in Boulder.
Terry works with top level women coaches and guest athletes who bring their own special flavor and expertise to the camps – check each camp to see who will be the guest coach and / or athlete for your level of camp.

Each camp includes runs, activities and sessions from the following:

  • guided trail runs of varying length and intensity
  • speed work or hill work
  • interval or tempo sessions
  • guided climbing
  • hiking
  • pool or aqua running
  • flexibility
  • floor or yoga session
  • running form and injury prevention
  • workshops on visualization / self belief / nutrition / motivation / race preparation/ goal setting / and more…
  • camp journals – workshops will include creating action plans to incorporate learning and commitments to take away
  • video review of running technique
  • a major focus on goal setting with one to one sessions with Camp Director – everyone leaves with a goal and detailed action plan and support network to achieve that goal

We hope you never have to cancel your place for one of your camps once you have registered. However, life does happen, and things can change. You can see our cancellation policy at this link. We will always do our best to work with you if you do need to cancel.

The average age for campers is mid 40’s.
The youngest camper we have had is 21; we have also had two women campers in their 70’s who attended with their daughters!
Age is not a factor in deciding whether you think you could enjoy and benefit from these camps – feel free to contact us if you have any questions on your suitability for our camps.

Ready to register? May 30 to June 3 camp

Are you ready for the running and training vacation of your life? Why not click on the button below – we look forward to you joining us! Registration opens to the public November 1, 2019.

Ready to register? June 17 to 23 camp

Are you ready for the running and training vacation of your life? Why not click on the button below – we look forward to you joining us! Registration opens to the public November 1, 2018.

Have any questions on these camps?

Use the button to send an e-mail inquiry – we usually respond within 24 hours. We look forward to hearing from you.